Gotta love how Taiwan knows how to repurpose some of its older factories into modern and pleasant venues dedicated to art and culture. In Hualien , the wine factory has given way to the Hualien Cultural Creative Industries Park 花蓮縣文化創意產園區, or more shortly known as a-zone. Just think of the Huashan 1914 Creative Park 華山1914文化創意產業園區 in Taipei, or the Pier-2 Art Center 駁二藝術特區 in Kaohsiung, and you’ll get an idea of what to expect.
Visiting on a week day, the space was deserted, with only a few other tourists wandering through the artsy boutiques, peeking at some of the modern coffee shops, lunching at the trendy bistro, or shopping for some marked down clothing from another time.
As much as it was an interesting place, the overcast weather induced me in a state of lazy boredom, so I just had a quick stroll, and hopped back on the scooter to get on with the next order of the day.
I had only been in Hualien for a day but kept passing by this quaint little hut selling only curry (fried) bread. Guilty thoughts of unhealthy eating aside, I stopped, bought one and retreated at a small park down the street, in company of a sheep and fishes.
I haven’t had a nutritious sandwich 營養三明治 in a long long while, but the dough of the bread looked and had a texture (from what I remember) similar to it. This one was fluffy and chewy on the inside, with a crispy outer layer, and still warm, it was love at first bite. The curry stuffing may not look the most appetizing on picture, but did the job just fine.
As I finished munching, I fantasized about all the other delicious variations this fried bread could have, like some custard, some oozing chocolate cream, simply flavored with orange flower water, etc… and thought of how a tasty crowd pleaser this could be at a night market, even if, yikes, it’d be yet another fried item.
(Once again, I took the liberty of giving this shop an English name of my own translation since they didn’t have any. 😛)